Literacy Innovation Award

The Great-West Life, London Life and Canada Life Literacy Innovation Award honours innovation in the creation and delivery (or in the development, implementation and delivery) of adult literacy or adult-integrated family literacy programs delivered by a community organization in Canada. The adult-focused literacy program makes a positive contribution to the lives of the participants as well as the community and could serve as a model for other organizations to adapt.  

There is one (1) top award of $20,000 and up to four (4) honourable mention awards in the amount of $5,000 each. The awards as granted can be invested into the program and/or applied to operating funds. 

How To Apply:
Thank you for your interest in The Great-West Life, London Life and Canada Life Literacy Innovation Award! The application process for 2016 is now closed.


Application Form (English) (click to download)

Application Form (French) (click to download)

FAQ (English) (click to download)

​FAQ (French) (click to download)


How to use this application form:

  • Save the file on your computer as you work as “LIA2016application_YourOrganizationName”.
  • Complete the highlighted sections. Note: you must work within the space allotted. The form will not accept additional text.
  • Except for the Canadian Charitable Registration Number field (applicable only to charitable organizations), you must complete all fields.

Questions or comments about the application? Please email Mack at or Carissa at We’ll do our best to get back to you within two business days.

Submission guidelines:
Please submit your application by email to Carissa Di Gangi at Each submission must include the following attachments:

  • Your completed application
  • Two (2) letters of recommendation or impact statements from either a board member, colleague in the literacy field involved with the program, or an adult learner enrolled in the program

The application process for 2016 is now closed. 

The 2016 winners will be announced on August 30, 2016.

Don't miss ABC's webinar to showcase the Great-West Life, London Life and Canada Life Literacy Innovation Award winning program on September 15, 2016. Details will be posted shortly.

2015 Top Award Winner: Receiving $20,000  

Ilitaqsiniq – Nunavut Literacy Council, Rankin Inlet, NU 
Program: The Miqqut Program
The Miqqut Program embeds literacy and essential skills into the development of traditional sewing skills in a learning environment where participants can use either Inuktitut or English for reading, writing and speaking. Elders teach the skill and art of creating traditional and contemporary Inuit clothing. The program culminates in a community fashion show that allows Miqqut participants to demonstrate their learning—both the sewing and the literacy and essential skills—by writing invitations, creating posters and speaking on community radio to promote the show. They also create the program, clothing descriptions and facilitate the event. 


2015 Honourable Mention Winners: Receiving $5,000 each

  • Alexandra Park Neighbourhood Learning Centre, Toronto, ON - OUR hiSTORIES
  • Coalition ontarienne de formation des adultes, Ottawa, ON - formation à distance (F@D)
  • Hammer Heads, Toronto, ON - Hammer Heads
  • Literacy Alberni Society, Port Alberni, BC - Out and About with Leslie

About Great-West Life, London Life and Canada Life

Great-West Life, London Life and Canada Life have been major supporters of ABC Life Literacy Canada since 1999. Through their involvement with ABC Life Literacy Canada and other national literacy programs across the country, the companies are helping promote literacy and lifelong learning – key needs in helping many Canadians realize their potential at work, at home and in the community.

As an Imagine Caring Company, Great-West Life, London Life and Canada Life donate a minimum of one per cent of average pre-tax profits to non-profit, charitable and community organizations each year. Through their national corporate citizenship program, Great-West Life, London Life and Canada Life work with these organizations to build stronger communities together and achieve lasting change.

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